AN OFFSITE ADVOCACY WORKING MEETING WAS HELD ON IBBS-2021 IMPLEMENTATION
On May 20-21, 2021, a two-day offsite working meeting was held in Aghveran to discuss the implementation of IBBS-2021 among trans* people. The meeting was attended by Naira Sergeeva, the representative of the RA Ministry of Health, Hrachya Kyureghyan and Marietta Mirzoyan, employees of the National Center for Infectious Diseases of the RA Ministry of Health, employees of New Generation Humanitarian NGO and members of the Armenian Trans* People Working Group (ATPWG).
On the first day of the advocacy working meeting, participants discussed the needs of trans* people in the context of conducting the Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS). Hmayak Avetisyan, co-author of the post-IBBS-2018 results evaluation report, presented the package of recommendations developed as a result of the focus group discussions among the survey staff, trans* community, the timeliness and implementation of those recommendations. As a result of the discussions and group work, a package of recommendations addressed to the needs of trans* people was developed, which should be the basis for the implementation of IBBS-2021 among trans* people.
On the second day of the meeting, the specialists of the National Center for Infectious Diseases of the RA Ministry of Health presented the IBBS-2021 implementation format. As a result of active discussions, recommendations for trans*-need-based implementation of IBBS-2021 were added to the developed package. The developed recommendations package will be presented to all stakeholders immediately after the working meeting.
The advocacy working meeting was aimed at identifying the needs and issues of trans* people and trans*-need-based IBBS-2021 implementation. It was held in an environment of very active discussions and effective dialogue.
The working meeting was organized by New Generation Humanitarian NGO with financial support of Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM) from the funds of the RADIAN.